The Radical Age Movement
I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AT THE RALLY AND DELIVER THIS CALL TO ARMS!
Title: WE ARE THE WELLDERLY!
My name is Paul Vincent. I have worked in all the avenues of show biz: the daytime TV shows, nighttime TV, Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional theaters and TV commercials. I am now a retired actor. BUT I am still in there creating…because we ‘go on’ in the theater. I have had two plays of mine produced over the years and just recently I have written two new plays that are my best ever.
And what has happened? None of the producers of new plays in the city, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Primary Stages and many others, will even look at my plays. They were tossed right into the recycle bin. Why? Because of ageism. They have decided, without even knowing me, that I am now too old to be considered possible. That’s right. I am now “persona non grata,” in the theater. ”
I have been blind-sided by this. It has opened up all the past disappointments in my business once again. And this time, there is no “going on” and that has caused me much pain and depression. I have basically been told: “You’re over!” But this is my life! I am not ready to be over! The theaters who have done this have claimed that they don’t accept “unsolicited manuscripts.” But that’s a lie because they have always read my unsolicited manuscripts. And I have learned since that it has been a practice in the theaters for many years.
I know that most of you out there today feel the same way. I do. I am, like many of you, still upright and healthy. So why are the elderly being pushed to the side in our country? The elderly know a great deal and have a lot to contribute. And the blindered young can learn a great deal from being connected to them. And vice versa. But the culture of our country doesn’t think so.
To the theaters of our country and to the business world of our country, I say: USE THE WELLDERLY! They are wiser than the young. Don’t throw out their wisdom. Don’t let them be gagged!
CHANT WITH ME: WE ARE THE WELLDERLY! WE ARE THE WELLDERLY! WE ARE THE WELLDERLY!
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